Another long awaited Pixar title has hit Blu-ray 3D just in time for the holidays, with the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release for Finding Nemo on December 4th, 2012.
One of Pixar’s top movies, Finding Nemo also recently had a 3D release in the cinemas back in September.
The movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for 2003, and has been the best selling DVD of all time – expect the sequel in 2016!
Finding Nemo the Movie
They also have a clutch of eggs that are due to hatch in a few days.
Things suddenly go quiet, due to an approaching barracuda, and Coral attempts to protect her eggs from the predator.
Marlin is knocked unconscious in the attack, and awakes to find just one of their eggs left in the aftermath.
Marlin names this egg Nemo, honoring Coral’s wish that one of them should be named Nemo.
Fast forward to Nemo’s first day of school.
Marlin is not sure that Nemo is ready for school, partly due to his tiny right fin, which limits his swimming ability.
After the overprotective Marlin embarrasses Nemo on a school field trip, Nemo disobeys his father and boldly leaves the reef, swimming towards a dive boat.
Before he can return to the reef, Nemo is captured by a scuba diver and is taken onto the boat.
As the boat motors away, one of the divers accidentally knocks his diving mask into the water.
Marlin chases the boat, and on the way runs into a forgetful Pacific Regal Blue Tang named Dory.
While Dory has trouble with short term memory, she does appear to be able to read and as such is Marlin’s only hope to read the address on the back of the mask which could lead him to his lost son.
Meanwhile Nemo is relatively safe and sound in a fish tank at a dentist office … that is until he discovers that he is going to be gifted to the dentist’s fish-killer niece named Darla!
Can Dory and Marlin make the extensive journey to Sydney, to save Nemo from certain death in Darla’s hands?
Finding Nemo is a great family story that was completely novel when it was released back in 2003.
The film was a bit of a risky proposition and the team were never sure that it would deliver in the cinemas.
However they proved all the nay-sayers wrong with an excellent story featuring compelling and likable characters.
Certainly the opening is a little dark for the younger audience, though in that sense it is no worse than Bambi.
One of the things that is fascinating about the movie is the level of accuracy that the animators have achieved for the characters and the environment.
The fish move in a convincing manor and the water quality affects the visibility, with particles floating throughout just like the real thing.
That said, as with many a Pixar film, while the technology is amazing, it is story and character that wins out overall.
The talented voice cast for the movie includes Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney, Brad Garrett, Stephen Root and Alexander Gould.
The movie has a very strong critical reception, earning a Rotten Tomatoes score of 99% and an IMDb score of 8.1/10.
Finding Nemo was also a huge success in the cinema, reaching $380.5M at the US box office alone.
Finding Nemo on Blu-ray 3D
The video quality is excellent throughout and the stereo 3D for the film adds great depth to the film.
An unexpected bonus for the 3D is that the tiny particles that are floating around in the water throughout can now be placed in 3D space.
The perceived image quality does drop when the characters enter murkier waters, but this is all part of the underwater gag.
All in all a great presentation here.
Find full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc at the details page for Finding Nemo.
The main audio is lossless Dolby True HD with 7.1 channels – 24 bits resolution at 48 kHz.
The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 45.9 GB used and is coded for All Regions.
Finding Nemo on Blu-ray 3D – The Bonus Features
In an unusual move, this release has an extra on the Blu-ray 3D disc with the 3D Aquarium set.
That said I am not sure that this has a lot of value, since it is essentially a selection of movie based aquarium scenes.
There is not a lot going on in the scenes, and most viewers will need to use 3D glasses to make sense of the scene.
So as such there is a lot of ‘investment’ for not so much payback on this one.
In any case, both the movie disc and the supplemental disc are loaded with extras.
You get the Aquarium again on the main movie disc, and the other aquarium scenes on the supplement disc.
The main movie disc has a number of other supplemental features as well, including the original theatrical short Knick Knack.
This short was originally created way back in 1989, and features a snowman in a snow globe who wants to escape his confines and join the other travel souvenirs.
This fun little movie runs just a few minutes.
The main disc also features the CineExplore feature that runs concurrently with the movie.
This feature includes a lot of audio commentary from the film making team, along with pop up images of the behind the scenes art and photos.
Every now and then you also get a picture in picture video, which refers to the on screen action at the time.
This is a great feature that is well worth checking out. The other supplements are your more typical featurettes and segments.
Finding Nemo: A Filmmakers’ Discussion runs just over 15 minutes and features the film’s writers, directors, producers and other crew discussing the movie.
The team discuss various aspects of the movie, including the harsh opening and its effect on the younger audience and a variety of challenges they faced.
Clips from the film are included to illustrate the discussion from time to time, and footage from ‘the archive’ is also presented.
This is a new supplement created for the Blu-ray release.
Reinventing the Submarine Voyage covers the conversion of the Submarine Voyage ride at Disneyland to a Nemo themed ride.
The creation of the Submarine Voyage ride back in the fifties is discussed here, as well as the decline for the attraction when the ride became outdated in the nineties.
Of course Finding Nemo became so popular that the upgrade in 2005 to a Nemo themed experience was pretty much a no brainer.
The technical challenges, especially the underwater challenges are discussed.
The deleted scene here is an alternate opening, which is presented in rough animation and is introduced by Andrew Stanton.
A Lesson in Flashbacks discusses the challenges of telling stories in flashback sequences.
In the original screenplay, the tragedy that creates the relationship between Nemo and Marlin was told throughout the film in flashback sequences.
Of course for the final film the whole story is presented before the titles.
The flashbacks sequences are presented in rough animation and described by Stanton throughout.
The Art Review segment looks at a selection of the concept art for the scenes and characters throughout the movie.
Making Nemo is a 25 minute making of documentary about the making of Finding Nemo, which was no doubt put together for the DVD release of the movie.
This covers pretty much all aspects of the development and production challenges for the movie.
Perhaps needless to say, the challenges of simulating the underwater environment gets a lot of coverage!
Character development and getting the fish to look like fish but also ‘act’ are other key elements that are discussed here.
Based on the antics of the animators and film makers at Pixar, it sure looks like a place to work!
Exploring the Reef is a short documentary featuring Jean-Michel Cousteaux, who is constantly interrupted by Finding Nemo‘s characters.
Here Cousteaux and the fish help the audience understand the reef system and the dangers it faces.
Check out the Pixar Studio in the Studio Tour.
Alexander Gould, the voice of Nemo in the movie, explores the studio from department to department, showing how the film is made.
The segment is fairly comical and occasionally a bit silly, but is perhaps a good one for the kids.
Old School links to a whole extra collection of the DVD extras, I guess so as not to clutter the main menu.
Segments in this collection include some neat little clips, including an ad for the Aquascum 2003, foreign language seagulls, hidden references to Massachusetts, Pelican Animation and a tribute to Glen McQueen.
The Outtakes segment features the voice actors delivering lines that don’t always make the film.
There are also a selection of 7 deleted scenes, which are presented in storyboard form with the dialogue.
The trailers and television promotion are all collected together under Publicity Pieces.
Last but not least, Mr Ray’s Encyclopedia is an interactive guide to the real creatures behind the characters in the film.
Learn about Clown Fish, Starfish, Turtles and Sharks in this feature.
As for other formats, this release includes a Digital Copy for both iTunes and Windows Media and a DVD Copy for legacy players.
Finding Nemo on Blu-ray 3D – Final Thoughts
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has once again gone the extra mile for a Blu-ray 3D release that is technically top notch and loaded with extras.
The retail price is $49.99, or order it right now at Amazon for $24.99, saving 50%!
The retail price for the regular Blu-ray is $39.99, though it is $27.36 at Amazon, so you may as well get the 3D version!
- 3D Aquarium
- Reinventing the Submarine Voyage
- Deleted Scene: Alternate Opening
- A Lesson in Flashbacks
- Finding Nemo: A Filmmakers’ Discussion
- Knick Knack Theatrical Short
- Art Review
- Outtakes And Deleted Scenes
Synopsis: Sea it like never before! For the first time ever, through the magic of Blu-ray, fully immerse yourself in the stunning underwater world of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo! From the creators of Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., this critically acclaimed and heartwarming tale splashes off the screen with brilliant digital picture, high definition sound and breathtaking interactive 3D bonus features that transport you beyond your imagination. In the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, Marlin (Albert Brooks), an overly protective clownfish, embarks on a daring rescue mission when his beloved son, Nemo, gets scooped up by a diver. With his unforgettable friend Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) by his side, Marlin encounters an ocean full of memorable comedic characters on his momentous journey to find Nemo. Bring home the humor and heartfelt emotion of the epic adventure that captured the Academy Award for “Best Animated Feature Film” (2003) – now more awesome than ever on Disney Blu-ray 3D! It’s magic in a new dimension!